I know it's been a while since I've posted, but I need some help with a speech I'm giving on Monday for my college speech class, and given my choice of topic this seemed the best place to ask. For the class I need to give two 5-6 minute speeches, one informative, and the other persuasive, both on the same topic so they can share a common body of research. I chose TI calculators for my topic, since it's relevant to an audience of college students that were just required to buy one, and because I can easily establish credibility as having collected and worked on several of them.

Specifically, I want to describe how TI became the dominant manufacturer of calculators used in education for the informative, then later on in the persuasive explain how this has chained students to overpriced and outdated technology, while locking them out of cheaper and better modern alternatives.

From one article I found I got the basic idea down. TI had an early lead, spent a lot teaching teachers to appreciate and use their calculators, and got cozy with textbook publishers. I know they invented the hand-held calculator but I don't know how the graphing calculator came about. I know other competitors beat them to the market, so how did TI's become the standard? How exactly did they persuade teachers that calculators would be a benefit to math classes, and how did they get them to use TI calculators over their competitors? How exactly have they reached out to teachers? What kinds of instructional materials do they hand out? Do they send free stuff to teachers and administrators? Do they have conferences? How did they establish their relationship with textbook manufacturers?

If anyone could point me in the direction of some articles that would help me answer these questions (they could even be ones you wrote) I'd appreciate it. It doesn't have to be anything scholarly, I just need to be able to cite it MLA-style. I could also do an interview on irc or something if one of you is knowledgeable enough and has the time.

I have classes in the morning tomorrow but I'll be dedicating the afternoon to research, and I'll check back here periodically for replies.

Specifically, I want to describe how TI became the dominant manufacturer of calculators used in education for the informative, then later on in the persuasive explain how this has chained students to overpriced and outdated technology, while locking them out of cheaper and better modern alternatives.

From one article I found I got the basic idea down. TI had an early lead, spent a lot teaching teachers to appreciate and use their calculators, and got cozy with textbook publishers. I know they invented the hand-held calculator but I don't know how the graphing calculator came about. I know other competitors beat them to the market, so how did TI's become the standard? How exactly did they persuade teachers that calculators would be a benefit to math classes, and how did they get them to use TI calculators over their competitors? How exactly have they reached out to teachers? What kinds of instructional materials do they hand out? Do they send free stuff to teachers and administrators? Do they have conferences? How did they establish their relationship with textbook manufacturers?

If anyone could point me in the direction of some articles that would help me answer these questions (they could even be ones you wrote) I'd appreciate it. It doesn't have to be anything scholarly, I just need to be able to cite it MLA-style. I could also do an interview on irc or something if one of you is knowledgeable enough and has the time.

I have classes in the morning tomorrow but I'll be dedicating the afternoon to research, and I'll check back here periodically for replies.